A 43-year-old NYPD officer died of his injuries after being struck by a drunk driver with a suspended license on the Long Island Expressway in Queens early Tuesday, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said.
Anastasios Tsakos, a 14-year veteran who was assigned to Highway 3, was the father of a 6-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son, Shea said at a press conference.
The highway officer was investigating a previous accident on the highway in Fresh Meadows around 2 a.m. when he was struck head-on by a 2013 Volkswagen, according to Shea.
Tsakos was taken to New York-Presbyterian Queens, where he died.
The driver of the Volkswagen, Jessica Beauvais of Hempstead, who was driving under the influence and with a suspended license, was apprehended nearby.
Beauvais, 32, was hit with several charges including several felonies — two counts of vehicular manslaughter, reckless endangerment, fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, leaving an accident resulting in death, aggravated unlicensed operator, and aggravated unlicensed operator involving alcohol.
She also faces two misdemeanor charges — driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Amanda Woods, Yaron Steinbuch and Larry Celona